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The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
370 W. 9th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-7137
Email address
School Information
"No two candidates are alike. But those who fit best are motivated, academically accomplished students who are ready to tackle the challenges of a rigorous curriculum. But we’re also looking for students who bring the compassion and humanity so important to medical care. We offer a lot in return: a dynamic curriculum, the vast resources of the renowned Wexner Medical Center, and faculty who considers your success and competence their top priority. Physicians and scientists trained here are among the best in the world. We invite you to apply and join their ranks" (Source: The total student population is over 800 students, and the school was founded in 1914.
General Information
The medical school has engaged several anti-racism programming initiatives. The Equity and Anti-Racism Task Force was put together after the 2020 protests. Curriculum restructuring is also a priority. Furthermore, all first and second year medical students take a class on "Racism, Health, and Healthcare Delivery." Training on implicit bias is administered to the admissions committee. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Following the protests of 2020, the college formed the Equity and Anti-Racism Task Force whose goals include increasing underrepresented students into medicine and revising the College of Medicine’s “curriculum through a modern, equitable and anti-racist lens.”
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The college has implicit bias training and implicit association tests (IAT) for its admissions committee.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The college has Anti-Racism Initiatives to “improve health equity through anti-racism efforts” and curriculum to recognize and address racism as a social determinant of health.
  • The college has adopted new curriculum with “Racism, Health, and Healthcare Delivery” as a “new, one-week experience for first and second year medical students, and the four-week elective Advanced Medical Ethics: The African American Experience” for fourth year students as well as additional modules and lectures on anti-racism.
  • The school published a page titled "Health Equity and Education" and lists its "short- and long-term aspirations" including "Curriculum updates to address systemic racism and health disparities with a modern lens." The webpage also states that "The Equity and Anti-Racism Task Force has begun examining how the MD curriculum at Ohio State can better shift the conversation from race-based teachings to racism as its own public health crisis."
  • The school announced a "student-developed teaching module" for first-year medical students to address "historical and ongoing racist practices in medicine." The teaching module includes a "pre-lecture survey to evaluate medical students’ knowledge and attitudes about racism and racist beliefs within the medical community."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The college provides numerous options within the two tracks for the required faculty and staff diversity training and cultural competency.
Program and Research Funding
  • The college’s Center for Primary Care Innovation and Transformation(PCIT) was awarded a grant to collaborate and “help address structural racism in California's public health care system by facilitating the development of system-level anti-racism plans.”
  • The Department of Internal Medicine is offering the Diversity in Internal Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship Program.
  • The school states that it “provides additional scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students.”
  • The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health offers “additional DEI-related funding opportunities.”
  • The college has numerous resources on the University Anti-Racism/Bias Resources page to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • The college participates in the 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge and has numerous suggestions for readings, podcasts, and videos on power, privilege, supremacy, systemic racism, oppression, and equity including numerous books and resources by Ibram X. Kendi and other anti-racist and critical race theory proponents.
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has numerous diversity initiatives and programs to encourage diversity in the medical school.
  • On June 21, 2022, Ohio State University's publication "Health & Discovery" published an article entitled "Integrating health equity, anti-racism efforts into health care education and medical practice" and discusses how the school's health profession is incorporating diversity initiatives into its programs. According to the article's author, "The college continues to make measurable progress in building an infrastructure based on introspection and action to address negatively biased attitudes, perspectives and practices. The Equity and Anti-Racism Task Force, led by Jennifer McCallister, MD, associate dean for Medical Education, and Demicha Rankin, MD, associate dean for Admissions, has activated workgroups to systematically review and update curriculum so it addresses evolving medical conditions and diseases, and related social issues that impact disease and disease management."
  • The school's Wexner Medical Center published its "Action Plan" in order to improve "health equity through anti-racism efforts" and outlines its many institutional initiatives in this one-page document.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers Employee Resource Groups centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Symbolic Actions
  • The college released their 2021 Health Equity and Anti-Racism report (HEAR).
  • The college was ranked as the seventh most diverse medical school by US News and World Report and recognized by Insight into Diversity magazine with the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.
  • The College of Nursing partnered with the Office of IPE and the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer in order to launch the Health Equity Scholars Program.
  • The Department of Radiology has an Inclusion Diversity and Equity Advocates (IDEA-RAD) Program meant to “develop a plan to overcome these barriers and create an equitable and inclusive work environment.”
  • The College of Medicine’s Department of M&I has a DEI Committee which “ensures members of the MI&I community have an understanding of the DEI initiatives, resources, and educational opportunities available to them and to provide a safe place where we can celebrate our diversity, respond to bias, and learn more about allyship.”
  • The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health hosts a Monthly Diversity Journal Club and Diversity Book Club.
  • The College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health conducts “mentorship of underrepresented minority trainees at various levels including medical students interested in psychiatry.”
Last updated December 6th, 2023
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